How can you tell the age of a tortoise?

By: Estelle AkerUpdated: April 12, 2021


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By its hatching date. A veterinarian may be able to estimate the animal's age based on shell condition, overall size, etc, but there's no way to pinpoint it. (No, you can't tell a tortoise's age by counting the growth rings on its scutes - those only denote periods of faster growth.

Correspondingly, how big do desert tortoise get?

9 to 15 inches

One may also ask, how do you tell the difference between a male and female desert tortoise?

A male tortoise has a longer gular horn than a female, his plastron (lower shell) is concave compared to a female tortoise. Males have larger tails than females do. Their shells are high-domed, and greenish-tan to dark brown in color. Desert tortoises can grow to 4–6 in (10–15 cm) in height.

How long does a desert tortoise live?

60-80 years

How old is a turtle in human years?

152 years old


How old can a turtle live?

For example, a typical pet turtle can live between 10 and 80 years or so while larger species can easily live over 100 years. Sea turtles typically live between 30 and 50 years, and some anecdotal record show that they could live up to 150 years.

Is my turtle a boy or girl?

The most common way to determine gender in a turtle is to look at the length of its tail. 3? Female turtles have short and skinny tails while males sport long, thick tails, with their vent (cloaca) positioned closer to the end of the tail when compared to a female.

How old is the oldest tortoise?

around 187 years old

Do turtles get attached to their owners?

Yes, turtles can become attached to their owners. They can learn to recognize them and even learn their owners voice. However, the bond that is formed is not the same kind one would have with a pet like a dog.

How old is a 4 inch Russian tortoise?

4-5 inches means he/she is at least a couple years old, but there are many factors that determine growth rate, so realistically your tortoise could be anywhere from 3-20 years old. That being said, 4-6 years old is probably the most likely as Lynn said.

Do turtles like to be pet?

Turtles prefer to be alone, and they never welcome being picked up and handled. Because turtles aren't affectionate, don't like to be held, stroked or cuddled and don't play with toys, many people lose interest and cease to take proper care of them.

Can a tortoise live with a prolapse?

Any tortoise found with a prolapse should be brought to a specialist vet without delay. Do, however, protect the prolapse with plastic wrap to keep the area clean and prevent the tortoise from causing any tissue damage with its back claws.

How quickly do tortoises grow?

These tortoises (males especially) can reach 200 pounds. Any tortoises nearing that weight would be very old. Sulcata tortoises grow rapidly for the first five to 10 years, and then their growth slows with age.

Do tortoises ever stop growing?

The growth of a tortoise isn't connected to its age. Instead, a tortoise will grow until it reaches a certain size, usually specific for their sub species. The The British Chelonia Group provide care sheets which details the sizes that various tortoise species can grow to.

What should I name my turtle?

Top Turtle or Tortoise Names
  • Donatello.
  • Flippy.
  • Leonardo.
  • Mack.
  • Michelangelo.
  • Mock Turtle.
  • Pokey.
  • Rafael.

How many tortoise years are in a human year?

This formula holds until sexual maturation and growth has finished. Then the equivalence is more like one horse year equals five or six human years. Tortoise age very slowly compared to humans. For example, a 25 year old tortoise is roughly equivalent to an 8 year old human.

Is it illegal to have a Texas tortoise?

Though considered an animal of low concern by the IUCN Red List, the Texas tortoise is listed as a threatened species in the state of Texas, and thus protected by state law. It is illegal to collect or possess them.

How old is a 2 inch red eared slider?

- Shell is less than 4 inches in length. - Bright colors have now faded to a darker olive hue. 2-3 Years of age: - Shell is between 4 to 6 inches in length.